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Webinar: Crowdsourcing Exhibitions: Lessons Learned
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Crowdsourcing Exhibitions: Lessons Learned

 Live Webinar
Thursday, November 15, 2018
2 - 3:15pm ET




This webinar will explore the challenges and potential achievements of using crowdsourcing models in the non-profit sector.

Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining services, ideas, or content from a broad online public rather than by traditional means. For at least a decade, museums have used crowdsourcing in exhibition planning and programming to raise funds on platforms like Kickstarter, to solicit services like research or transcription, and to ask the public to choose objects for display.

Using case studies from panelists, this webinar will investigate questions such as: What are the inherent challenges in crowdsourcing funds, materials, and ideas? How do I decide if a crowdsourcing model is right for my project? Can crowdsourcing promote access and inclusion to diverse and global audiences?

Crowdsourcing Exhibitions: Lessons Learned is part of the AAMC Foundation’s webinar series, which offers live online discussions on essential skills, timely issues, and latest discoveries that define the profession of an art curator, and enhance understanding and development in the field. This coming year of webinar topics have been developed around the central theme of the “outward-facing-curator,” dissecting ways in which curators collaborate and engage with audiences internally & externally.


Meet the Speakers
(listed alphabetically)


Katie Buckingham, Curator, Museum of Glass

Katie Buckingham, the Curator at Museum of Glass, has been part of the Curatorial staff at MOG for more than 6 years. Her work includes developing and implementing exhibitions, researching the Museum’s collections, and coordinating the Museum’s Visiting Artist Residency Program. Buckingham is a Board Member of the Washington Museum Association. Prior to working at Museum of Glass, she worked at the Museum of History and Industry, Kirkland Arts Center, and Bellevue Arts Museum. Buckingham received an MA in Museology from University of Washington, and a BA with Honors in Art History and Visual Culture Studies from Whitman College.


Rebecca McNamara, Mellon Collections Curator, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College; Moderator

Rebecca McNamara, Mellon Collections Curator at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, specializes in 19th century through contemporary American art and material culture. Her recent projects include the exhibitions Give a damn. (Tang, 2018) and Crazy Quilts: Stitching Memories(Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2017) and the e-book Widows Unveiled: Fashionable Mourning in Late Victorian New York (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum/Parsons, 2016). She holds a BA in art history and BS in journalism from Boston University and an MA in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons/Cooper Hewitt.


Eric Schmalz, Citizen History Community Manager, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Eric Schmalz is the community manager for the History Unfolded project at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He oversees the review of newspaper submissions to the project website, assists participants with their questions, and helps educators effectively incorporate History Unfolded into various learning environments. Before taking on his current position at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Eric taught high school social studies in Charlottesville, VA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in History at the College of William and Mary (2010) and his master’s degree in Teaching (Secondary Social Studies) at the University of Virginia (2011).


Daniel Sharp, Arts Outreach Specialist, Kickstarter

Daniel Sharp is the Arts Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter, a crowdfunding site that helps bring creative projects to life. Sharp provides campaign strategy for artists and institutions in order to galvanize their community and fund their upcoming projects. He is the founder and former curator of the public art collective D/ART, and is published in the Agora Journal of Urban Planning and Design. He also runs Moods, an online radio station and resource for the techno community.

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